To My Smart, Beautiful, Amazing Sable

Sable

Sable

On and off for the last 24 hours or so I’ve been looking at pictures of you.

There are photos of your head poking out of gym bags, standing proud atop a stereo speaker, sniffing around sports trophies I’ve won, sitting on Sarah’s gis, curled up in a bathtub, hiding out in an old refrigerator. These are just the novelty shots. In-the-moment attempts to capture the wonderfully silly thing that your badass, smart, beautiful, amazing black cat-ness got up to.

I have a lot of these photos. But right now they don’t feel quite enough. That’s because yesterday I made “the call.”

And today has been my last day with you, one of the truest friends I’ve ever known.

For 21 years you’ve has been my constant companion and one of my greatest joys. The price for your companionship was low. Some food, water, a few cardboard boxes and a willingness to drop everything to pet or comb you was all you asked. In return, I received a loyalty so fierce it’d make Bast shudder.

Outsiders probably won’t believe this. It took years for Sarah to finally win your affections, hard-fought and after actual bloodshed. You also had a well-earned reputation of hissing, clawing and screeching at strangers, which certainly narrowed down our social visitors to only the bravest of brave.

That all said, and I’m hesitant to be too anthropomorphist, but you were a deeply loving animal. What outsiders never saw was the cat who’d greet me at the door every time I returned home. Or who’d slide close by my desk and then sit and stare, patiently waiting for an acknowledgment, maybe an ear scratch or a walk around the apartment.

These moments were almost always accompanied by deep, hearty purring. I know cats purr for a number of reasons beyond just “I’m happy,” but I’ve got to believe that was a large part of it. And if I’m being selfish about it, your purrs did as much to soothe my troubles as anything else. Simply, my world was better with you in it and I’m going to miss you forever.

23 things Sable really liked:

* bacon
* Banh Mi Boys’ fried chicken bao
* regular potato chips
* tissue paper
* pizza boxes
* Vachon caramel cakes
* cardboard boxes
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
* the old WWE knapsack she’d sit on by the couch when she got too old and immobile to jump on said couch
* searching the apartment for dust bunnies after she puked
* sitting beside her humans
* the apartment hallway
* open doors in the apartment hallway
* nuzzling hockey skates
* strong sunbeams
* sitting on dirty laundry
* sitting on warm, clean laundry
* scratching my face while I slept
* being combed
* Pillsbury crescent rolls
* waking humans up at 5:30 a.m.
* the sheer joy of humans being up at 5:30 a.m.
* knowing where her humans were

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: The Clash, MLK, Obama, More

The Clash

The Clash

I’ve been contributing news pieces to the charitably-minded entertainment site Samaritanmag. Here are some of the stories I did in the spring:

Read: Impassioned Articulate Common Sense Speech by Parkland Shooting Student Emma González on Stronger Gun Control

10 Important Songs For International Clash Day

Blues Brothers Winter Blues-themed Benefit Show To Support CAMH

WATCH and READ Rapper Logic’s Message at 60th Grammy Awards: Hate is Ugly

60th Grammy Nominee Compilation Album Proceeds to Support MusiCares

Sale Of Two Marquee Ford Cars Raises $2.85 Million USD For Charity At Barrett-Jackson

WATCH and READ: Halsey Recounts Sexual Assault, Miscarriage in Moving Women’s March Speech

Barack Obama Explains New Presidential Center in Letterman Netflix Interview

12 Civil Rights Inspired Songs For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Two Journalism Advocacy Groups Receive $1 Million USD Each At Golden Globe Awards

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How Minoru Suzuki Celebrated His 50th Birthday

NJPW's Kazuchika Okada and Minoru Suzuki

NJPW’s Kazuchika Okada and Minoru Suzuki

Legendary Japanese pro wrestler Minoru Suzuki recently celebrated his 50th birthday and he did so in spectacular fashion.

Normally cast as an intimidating heel, Suzuki used his birthday to host The Great Pirate Festival, a free two-day wrestling event in his hometown of Yokohama.

To read more about Suzuki’s great gesture and his history, check out Sarah’s story at Asian World Of Martial Arts by clicking here.

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8 Important Lessons For Martial Arts Training

Part of Sarah’s work for Asian World Of Martial Arts is putting together valuable learner articles.

Here are some of her recent ones:

Are MMA DVDs Worth It?

Karate Or Kickboxing, Which Is Better For You?

How To Deal With Jealousy In Martial Arts And Competition

How Martial Arts Can Improve Your Golf Game

Training And Eating Right Before Competition

5 Reasons To Wear A Mouth Guard In Martial Arts

How Boxing Supports Women’s Health Goals

Introduction To The Free-Standing Bag

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Polaris Podcast EP11 Explores The Band And Gordon Lightfoot

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

In episode 11 of the Polaris Podcast we focused on two albums that recently received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designation — The Band’s The Band and Gordon Lightfoot’s Lightfoot!.

This episode featured expert analysis of these albums from music historian Rob Bowman and author Nick Jennings as well as some bonus insights from Travis Good of The Sadies.

This and other Polaris Podcast episodes can be found on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

Alternately, you can listen to it right here:

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Westworld Star Hiroyuki Sanada’s Great Advice

Westworld star Hiroyuki Sanada

Westworld star Hiroyuki Sanada

Westworld star Hiroyuki Sanada recently opened up about the great advice he received from his mentor Sonny Chiba.

It’s most basic element was to treat his career like a marathon, not a sprint. With his current Westworld success that appears to have been good advice.

Sarah wrote about this for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read it click here.

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Michael Bisping Retires

Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping

Elite martial arts fighter Michael Bisping has announced his retirement.

Though the UFC fighter is known superficially for his loud mouth and many high-profile fights, his path towards retirement was an interesting and deeply self-reflective one.

Sarah wrote about why in a piece for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read it click here.

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Ninja Ballet Is A Real Thing

Ninja ballet

Ninja ballet

There’s such a thing as “ninja ballet.”

Sarah wrote about this union between dance and martial arts for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read her piece go here.

 

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